Review: Incipio Leather iPod & Camera Cases

Affordable leather cases for iPod and camera. (June 2nd, 2008)

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Product Manufacturer: Incipio Technologies

Price: $9.95 and $15.99 US

The Good

  • Affordable. Quality products. Good design.

The Bad

  • Leather may show wear after a few months.

We noted in our Look Back At Macworld product showcase that Incipio Technologies sells a variety of reasonably priced cases. I received two impressive leather cases to evaluate for MacNN. This article covers the Belt Clip Camera Case and the iPod Video case.

Incipio Leather Belt Clip Camera Case

The black camera case fits my needs exactly. Unlike most portable camera cases, there's no frills, fuss or pockets. It is simply a hard leather box with a fold-over lid. The case clips onto your belt or pocket with an attached black hard plastic clip.

The top flap secures with a magnet. This is a quick shot solution, i.e. the camera is always at your fingertips to whip out with one top flip and pull. The case does have a cut out on top through which you can thread the strap, but I never used it because it adds another step to camera removal. When out on a shoot, I often carry more than one camera and it's convenient to attach one securely to my belt.

Camera Case


Leather Belt Clip Camera Case


The well-sewn case has no hanging threads or exposed edges. The brushed, not quite felt, inside lining protects the LCD viewing screen from scratches and other damage. This wide camera case fits the small Casio, Sony T1, Pentax, or Canon cameras. Note the measurements to see if your camera fits in the case, 3.50"L x 2.50"W x 1.00"D, or check the list on the site.

Please note that the belt clip shown in the photograph on the site for the CAMERA_CASE_ID-201 is not the same as the clip on my review unit. The current clip pulls out and does not have a squeeze clip as shown. The best news is that this great little case is only $9.95.

Leather Belt Clip Case for the Apple iPod Video (or Classic)

When you need an iPod case or want to buy an impressive present at a reasonable price, look no further than the black, brown, or red Incipio Leather Belt Clip Case for the Apple iPod Video. The iPod video measures 4.1"H x 2.4"W and 0.55"D, but the iPod Classic differs only in depth (.41" or .43"), so the case probably fits the newer iPods also.

This sturdy flip case includes a dyed leather exterior sewn and glued to a lighter colored leather liner. The stitching is also a lighter neutral color. My evaluation unit is a deep red and the edge-thread matches the tan interior. The fitted case includes a thin elasticized sewn-in side band to accommodate the different thicknesses of each iPod.

iPod Video Case


Leather iPod video Case


Your iPod slips into the case, which includes no video or Click Wheel protection. I recommend you use one of the many video screen protectors and a Click Wheel decal to protect those parts. iFrogz and GelaSkins offer innovative solutions for both. The case includes a flap with two credit card slits that snaps closed with a light magnet closure. With the flap closed, you can only access the headphone port, because there is no cut out for the Hold switch. Any straight headphone jack without a bulb of any sort on the end should fit into the opening. The close tab also acts as a Dock port protector. While the case doesn't cover the bottom corners of your iPod, it extends a little beyond the iPod, and is rather hard, so it may provide limited protection if you drop your precious device.

iPod Video Case


Leather iPod video Case Inside Flap


A screw type 360-degree rotating removable belt clip attaches to the back. This thick plastic squeeze clip is perfect for those who prefer to wear their iPod on their belts. I wish they'd included a small zip lock bag in which to store the clip and screws when not in use, but it only comes in a small plastic bag that is useless once opened.

iPod Video Case


Leather iPod video Case Belt Clip


You won't find another leather case for such a reasonable price ($16). It looks like a much more expensive product and makes a perfect gift for Dad or graduation. Please note, that the red iPod case shown on the site is not the same case as reviewed here; the case I received is a beautiful dark scarlet red (R=153, G=0, B=0). Use the link for the black iPod video case and the color chart on that page.

Incipio lives up to its philosophy of delivering a good product at a good price. They don't waste funds on extensive packaging either; everything comes in a simple plastic bag with a warranty card.

by ilene hoffman, reviews editor


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